Halloween is a fun and exciting night of the year for many children, but parents may feel uneasy and anxious about allowing their children to approach unknown homes.The InterNational Center for Missing & Exploited Children urges parents to use this night as a teachable moment for themselves and their children by reinforcing the importance of safety all year-long.
- Children should be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult and walked to the door by the parent to receive treats. Children should NEVER enter a home without his or her parents permission.
- Know the neighborhood in which you plan to trick or treat. Pick houses that you feel comfortable letting your child visit. Do not visit homes that are isolated or poorly lit.
- Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, and make sure they get away quickly if someone gets out of a vehicle and starts to approach them.
- Make sure your child is able to see and move easily in their costume. Consider having your child carry a flashlight so that they can see more easily, and are easily seen.
- In case you become separated make sure your child knows your cell phone number and address. Teach your children how to dial in the UK 9+9+9 and the USA 9+1+1 in an emergency.
- Consider organizing a home or community party as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
- Teach your child to say NO! or this is not my mother/father in a loud voice if someone tries to get him or her to go somewhere. Teach your child to kick, scream and resist if someone tries to get him or her to leave. Your childs safety is more important than being polite!
Have fun, stay safe and Enjoy the day & evening ~ BTH